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Head Lice

Procedures and Resources
October, 2013

Head lice are a common problem for children in schools and child care.  Anyone can get head lice.  Head lice are not a sign of uncleanliness and head lice do not spread disease.  They are however, a time consuming nuisance and one that should be dealt with as quickly as possible.  


Head Lice Procedures

What the school will do:

  • When a known case comes to the attention of the Nurse, that child's entire grade, as well as a sibling grade if there is one, will be checked.
  • The Nurse will call the parents of the child (children) with lice.
  • An e-mail containing information and links on how to address and prevent further occurrences is sent home to the involved classes.
  • Seven days following initial identification, the Nurse does a head check of the child (and, on occasion, will do the entire class).
  • This follow-up will continue every seven days until the child has been cleared.

What the parents do:

If you receive an email or phone call regarding lice in your child's classroom, please check your child's head everyday for 14 days.  If you aren't sure how to do this, or what to look for, there are excellent websites with instructions to use for reference, (please see below) or you can call the school nurse for help.  

If you discover your child has head lice, please notify the Nurse (331-9696, Ext. 3122). This will help us communicate to other families that there is a case of head lice in the classroom, and their child should be checked.  The identity of individual children will not be communicated.  Only the classrooms involved will be identified.

Fighting head lice can take some time.  It requires special shampoos and careful combing of the hair with a very fine-toothed comb made for the removal of "nits", the eggs which are attached to the hair shaft.  Please feel free to contact the nurse, your pediatrician, or your pharmacist for help in choosing a product. Some of these products are quite powerful and target only the live lice, while others target all stages of the lice life cycle.

As always, please don't hesitate to call the nurse for help, suggestions and support.  A head lice outbreak can be a frustrating experience for all!  Once a case of head lice has been detected it is important that we work together to ensure that all proactive and precautionary steps are being taken, both at school and at home.


 Head Lice Resources

How to Perform a Head Check for Head Lice

How to Check your Child for Headlice

Head Lice Treatments for Kids


Thenit-picker.net  - A treatment resource for families living in parts of Massachusetts.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Head Lice for Parents  

Bernadette's Lice Removal Center 

  • Don't Panic!
  • 1240 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916
  • 401-270-4464
  • Bernadette's Lice Removal Center helps families get rid of head lice! We use an all-natural, non-pesticide enzyme to eliminate lice and unglue the nits. We do the combing and the removal! Our full line of products are available for sale, and we offer home "de-bugging" services as well. Bernadette's Lice Removal Center takes the worry and stress out of lice.




Nurse Educator
331-9696 ext. 3122
Consulting Psychologist
331-9696 ext. 3180 

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